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I filled three pages of my outdoor journal about our recent trip to Maine for grouse.

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It’s Dog Walk time! Can you believe it’s been 19 years? This year is our 19th annual Dog Walk and Contests, and I seriously do not know where the time has gone.

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Probably every home in the United States has at least one junk drawer. It’s the repository for all things left over after little projects or the place where you stash something you don’t need now, but may need at some point in the future.

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There’s a small stack of weathered cherry wood next to the garage, and I brought a cart load onto the porch the other morning.

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Like most kids growing up in the ‘50s, we didn’t have much money to buy shotgun shells or the clay targets needed to practice. Dad bought a clay target thrower and a box of targets, but only one box of shotgun shells for me to practice with.

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While the debate over climate change continues and probably will continue forever, I must admit that over the decades, I’ve been involved in some tree-hugger causes.

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Since its earliest days, I’ve been a fan of WITF, our “local” public television station. I haven’t always liked everything it offered, but enough of its programs continue to appeal to me that it’s always one of my top go-to choices for entertainment and information.

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This is the week of the Autumnal Equinox. From what I learned in school, the equinox means that as the sun passes the equator, the number of hours of daylight and night equal out.

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On Thursday, the Coast Guard posted small craft warnings for Lake Ontario, and captain Greg Gehrig phoned us to tell us he didn’t feel safe taking his boat, “Top Gun” onto the lake. The wind came out of the north, crashing waves onto the shore and

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On those occasions when the ancestry bug bites me, I most often go to my maternal grandfather’s branch of the family tree. Maybe it’s because I’m drawn to the interesting first names scattered through the generations. Or it could be that I’m searching for evidence to disprove my theory that …

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Thunderstorms are the worst. The big ones are super scary. I try to fit all of me inside my house, but I’m not tiny and the rain always gets in. Living outside can be hard.

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Eighteen years ago on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, I remember walking to my first class of the day at Slippery Rock University. It was an early class, so I did not know what terror was unfolding in New York City until after I arrived in the classroom across campus.

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Every 10 or 15 years, some type of compulsion sweeps over me, and I dive into the unknown via some spot in the house that holds forgotten treasures. These pockets of denial are, for the most part, in plain sight, yet hidden away.

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Gov. Wolf’s charter school overhaul would cut funding for charters, cap enrollment, and place a moratorium on new cyber charter schools, even as tens of thousands of students are on waiting lists for charter schools across the state. In short, it would deny families the schooling options they seek.

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It really doesn’t matter what the calendar indicates, the Shippensburg Corn Festival signifies the end of summer.

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Todd sent me an email a few weeks ago, and told me about a splinter forend for a Parker shotgun that was mis-labeled as an LC Smith forend on eBay. I found it, and it was a Parker not an LC Smith, and I started bidding. To make a long story short, I bought it for $31 plus $8 shipping.

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Finally, a respite from all that heat. I know some folks really love hot weather and I can take it in small doses. But, for me, it saps my desire to work outdoors, or for that matter, taking a walk with the dog, Ruffles.

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Not long ago, my sister-in-law (whom I affectionately refer to as my “little sister”) nominated me to participate in a Facebook challenge of sorts. The object was to list books that impacted your life and you were to name one book each day for seven days, along with a brief explanation of wh…

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I guess I’m going to climb onto my soapbox.

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In a Sherlock Holmes short story called, “Silver Blaze,” the clue which solves the crime for the famous detective was the curious incident of the dog that did not bark in the nighttime. The VTS story about Deputy Reddington’s appointment as the second school resource officer for the Big Spri…

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The legislative session has been quite productive. The House passed numerous bills to improve Pennsylvania and those who live here. Though the General Assembly is not currently in voting session, I have been busy here in Adams and Cumberland counties meeting with residents to learn how the b…